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									                                           NUR 111 Fall 2012
                                     Introduction to Health Concepts
                                           Region A Nursing Consortium
Course Title: NUR 111        Tri-County Community College Campus                  Term Year 2012
Class Location: Rm 101- Enloe

   Debbie Hogan, RN, BSN, MHS        Office 114   835-4246 Office hrs: Th 9-2
   Susan Fowler, RN, BSN, MHS        Office 113   835-4252 Office hrs: Th 9-2
   Candice Laney, RN, BSN            Office 115   835-4232 Office hrs: W 9-2
   Shirley Voyles, RN, BSN           Office 130   835-4267 Office hrs by appt.

Meeting Times: Mondays 0830-1230; Tuesday 0830-1500; Wednesday/Thursday Clinical TBA

RANC Program Director (HCC Campus): Wendy Hines, MSN, RN
Office: Health Professions Building, Room 910
Office Phone: 627-4652                                Dept. Assistant: Chris Carroll
Email:                                              627-4651
Office Hours: Mondays from 2pm-4pm and by appointment

                                                  COURSE SYLLABUS
Course Description:
This course introduces the concepts within the three domains of the individual, healthcare, and nursing. Emphasis is
placed on the concepts within each domain including medication administration, assessment, nutrition, ethics,
interdisciplinary teams, informatics, evidence-based practice, individual-centered care, and quality improvement. Upon
completion, students should be able to provide safe nursing care incorporating the concepts identified in this course.
Prerequisite: Admission to the ADN Program
Corequisites: None

Instructional Materials (Required)
                                               REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS
Potter, P.A., Perry, A.G. (2009) Fundamentals of Nursing (7 ed.). N.Y.: Mosby/Elsevier
Study Guide for Potter and Perry
Elsevier: Complete RN online case study. (2 year access).
HESI: HESI Practice Test (Version 3.0)
Pearson-NCCLEB: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning (vol 2)
Gulanki: Nursing Care Plans (7 Edition)
Taber: Cyclopedia Medical Dictionary (DVD)

Other Requirements
    Other course requirements include familiarity with keyboarding, using computer programs, checking e-mail, Web
       searching, creating and saving documents, and sending e-mails with attachments. (The student unfamiliar with
       these tasks, needs to discuss this with their instructor(s).
    The student is responsible for the information in the course documents and on the calendar
    Personal computer with high-speed internet is highly recommended

Concerns with Course
If you have any concerns about this course, first consult with your instructor. If after meeting with your instructor, you
feel that your concern has not been satisfactorily addressed, or if you feel that you cannot effectively communicate with
your instructor about the issue, you may contact the following people in the following order:

First Contact
Health and Human Services, Department Chair:
Susan Fowler, (828) 835-4252, ( ) or Debbie Hogan, (828) 835-4246 ( )

Second Contact
Vice President of Instructional Services
Linda Lovingood, (828) 835-4242, (

General Competencies
Tri County Community seeks to take learning beyond the classroom by encouraging individuals to develop their abilities in
collaboration, communication, and critical thinking

Collaboration is the process of working cooperatively to achieve the needs of a group or team.
Students will:
1.      Respect group members' individual viewpoints and roles.
2.      Develop group ideas, goals, and consensus.
3.      Meet deadlines and goals responsibly.

Communication is the ability to comprehend and communicate through various forms of media.
Students will:
1.     Communicate, verbally and nonverbally, in relation to his/her course of study.
2.     Communicate with a diverse audience.
3.     Use appropriate mediums for communication.
4.     Use appropriate grammar, spelling, style, and mechanics.

Critical thinking is the process of analyzing and evaluating issues and ideas, identifying good and bad reasoning, and
constructing creative and sustainable solutions to problems, in a variety of settings.
Students will:
1.        Raise vital questions and issues.
2.        Gather and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
3.        Compare and contrast different points of view.
4.        Develop well-reasoned, creative conclusions and solutions.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, the graduate will upon licensure:
 1. Practice professional nursing behaviors incorporating personal responsibility and accountability for
    continued competence.
 2. Communicate professionally and effectively with individuals, significant support person(s), and members of
    the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
 3. Integrate knowledge of the holistic needs of the individual to provide an individual centered assessment.
 4. Incorporate informatics to formulate evidence-based clinical judgments and management decisions.
 5. Implement caring interventions incorporating documented best practices for individuals in diverse settings.
 6. Develop a teaching plan for individuals, and/or the nursing team, incorporating teaching and learning
 7. Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team to advocate for positive individual and organizational
 8. Manage health care for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement
    processes, and current technologies.

Technical Standards
The practice of nursing requires the performance of essential functions in order to provide safe and effective nursing
care.. To effectively educate students to the profession of nursing, the performance of these functions is incorporated
throughout the program within lab and clinical settings. Faculty and students are required to demonstrate proficiency of
these functions to progress through the nursing program. The essential functions include:
    1. Critical Thinking – critical thinking skills sufficient to identify complex problems and reviewing related information,
        to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. For example, developing a nursing care plan based on
        data obtained from physical assessment of patient.
   2. Interpersonal Skills - interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with faculty, care team, patient, and patient’s
      family under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions. For example, relaying important
      patient data to instructor and physician in a timely manner.
   3. Communication Skills – communication skills sufficient to communicate information and ideas in speaking so
      others will understand. For example, communicating information about procedures and follow up care to patients.
   4. Mobility – mobility sufficient to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and
      moving the whole body, such as lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of equipment. For example,
      assisting a patient with mobility while managing equipment such as IV poles in a safe manner.
   5. Motor Skills – motor skills sufficient to quickly move the hands, hand together with the arm, and two hands to
      grasp, manipulate, and perform procedures in a specific manner. For example, inserting an IV needle while
      maintaining sterile technique.
   6. Visual – visual skills sufficient to see details at close range. For example, assessing patient’s skin or IV site for
      small details.
   7. Weight-Bearing – weight-bearing skills sufficient to carry 50-75 pounds. For example, lifting patients from bed to
      chair with minimal assistance from patient.
   8. Listening – listening skills sufficient to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand
      the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. For example,
      discussing patient’s status with care team and receiving verbal orders from physician.
   9. Hearing - auditory ability sufficient to process sounds and instructions commonly associated with healthcare. For
      example, being able to listen for small changes within patients upon auscultation, being able to measure a
      patient’s blood pressure accurately, and being able to describe the differences between abnormal lungs sounds.

Course Instructional Methods
    lecture
    discussion
    experiential learning
    inquiry-based learning
    problem-based learning
    project-based learning
    instructional technology

Projected Schedule of Assignments
See course calendar.

Task Completion Policy
Refer to the Region A Nursing Consortium Policy Manual and Student Handbook for task completion policy information.

Grading Practices
Refer to Region A Nursing Consortium Policy Manual and Student Handbook for grading and progression policy.

Students must achieve a score of 100 on the medication math exam within three attempts in order to pass the course. If
you do not achieve a score of 100 within three attempts, you will receive a final course grade of “D” and will not progress
within the program.

Please note that grades are not mailed. You may access grades, unofficial transcripts, and schedules online by
logging into your Moodle Account.

               How grades are computed:
              HESI Exam                                   10%                                  Scale:
              6 Unit Exams                                80%                                    A          93-100
              Cumulative Final Exam                       10%                                    B           85-92
              Total                                      100%                                    C           78-84
                                                                                                 D           70-77
                                                                                                 F        Below 70
Class Rules and Regulation

Attendance: Students are expected to be present for the entirety of the class period. From time to time a student must
leave the classroom during the class period. This should be infrequent and not habitual.

Food & Drink: Please remember, as well, that there is to be NO food or drink in the lab. Students should plan to eat
meals during breaks between classes.

Children: Children, regardless of age, are not allowed in any classrooms or labs during regularly scheduled courses or on
weekends (please see the student handbook for specific information). Students are responsible for making child care
arrangements if public schools are closed, day care centers are closed, or if children are ill.

Cell Phones: Cell phones will be turned off during class (unless arrangements have been made in advance with the
instructor due to an emergency). All cell phones must be turned off and put away upon entering the classroom. Cell
phones should not be visible on desks or in students' hands while class is in session. You will not be allowed to use your
cell phone in class to make and receive calls or text messaging. If you are found to be using your cell phone during class,
you will be excused from the class and will receive an absent for the day and a zero on any assignments for that day.

Classroom Behavior: Any conduct by the student, which is detrimental to that student's success or best performance or to
the success or best interests of the class as a whole may result in the permanent removal of the student from the class.
Detrimental activities include excessive absences or being tardy, rude or disruptive behavior, lack of effort, negative
influence upon others in the class, etc. It is a felony to bring any firearms/weapons on campus unless for an approved
college activity. Any student who brings firearms, drugs, or alcohol on campus or any student who comes on campus
under the influence may be dismissed.

Classroom Safety

The College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for the students and staff.
Therefore, when, in the judgment of College officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college
community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the sanctity of the community.

See the Catalog and Student Handbook (Student Rights and Code of Conduct).

Attendance Policy
Students enrolled in a hybrid course are to participate regularly. Students registered in a hybrid course must complete the
HOP Assignment before the 10% census date. To complete this assignment, students should follow the guidelines for
logging on set forth on the HCC Distance Learning website. To access the website, go to, select
Distance Learning, and then follow the login instructions. Students who fail to complete this assignment before the 10%
census date forfeit their registration in the hybrid course as well as tuition paid for the course and they receive a grade of
“NS” for it. This impacts any financial aid award per federal guidelines. As in the case of a traditional course, their
reinstatement will be made only under the most unusual circumstances. Reinstatement requires the recommendation of
the instructor of the course, the consent of the division chair, and the approval of the Vice President of Academics

Students who miss ten percent (10%) or more of the total possible time for a course are at risk for administrative
withdrawal or Failure of the course. For specific information for RANC attendance policy see the RANC - Region A
Nursing Consortium student handbook.

For information on how to withdraw from a course refer to Tri County Community College student handbook (p51). If
nursing students chose to withdraw from a course they must withdraw prior to taking final exam.

ADA Notification: Alternate Learning Styles/Additional Support
Services for students with disabilities are available at Tri County Community College through the Counseling Office. The
College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which
stipulate that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education “solely by reason of a disability.” Disabilities covered
by law include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, and hearing, sight or mobility

Services for qualified students are designed to provide support for and access to the same educational experience
available to other students. Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same academic standards as other
students. The disability support counselor offers numerous services to assist students in reaching their academic goals.

Disclosure of a disability must be initiated by the student, as noted on all TCCC course syllabi. At the college level, it is
also the student’s responsibility to contact the disability counselor and provide required documentation. Recent
professional medical/psychological documentation from a qualified professional specifying the disability and
recommended accommodations is required. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the disability counselor prior to
each semester to discuss/review required accommodations. Students are responsible for submitting the Accommodations
Request Form and discussing his/her accommodations with each of his/her instructors.

Some accommodations require a minimum of two weeks’ notice to implement. Some can take longer; therefore students
should contact the disability counselor as soon as possible.

All information is kept strictly confidential with the exceptions required by law which include disclosure of current child
abuse/neglect or a resolute decision to commit suicide or harm others.

Please contact Student Services for more information - (828) 837-6810.

Inclement Weather/Delayed Class Schedule
Tri County Community College is not on the same schedules as the public school system with regard to delays or
cancellations. Announcements concerning college operation for classes will be made by Tri County Community College
Website, on many local TV and radio stations, and on the Tri County Community College at (828) 837-6810.

Please refer to the Inclement Weather Policy posted in the Tri County Community College student handbook.

Academic Honesty
Students have the responsibility for conducting themselves in such a manner to avoid any suspicion that they are
improperly giving or receiving aid on any assignment or examination. Such academic dishonesty not only includes
cheating but also plagiarism (taking another’s ideas and/or words and presenting them as if they were your own). Cutting
and pasting from the Internet into a paper without proper documentation is considered plagiarism. The TCCC faculty
strongly encourages students to submit work that meets the highest ethical standards.

       Cheating: Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
         copying, faxing, emailing, or in any way duplicating assignments that are turned in, wholly or in part, as
           original work
         exchanging assignments with other students, either handwritten or computer generated, whether you believe
           they will be copied or not
         using any form of memory aid during tests or quizzes without the expressed permission of the instructor
         giving or receiving answers during tests or quizzes. (It is the student’s responsibility to secure his or her
           papers so that other students will not have the opportunity to copy from them or the temptation to do so.)
         taking credit for group work when the student has not contributed an equal or appropriate share toward the
           final result
         accessing a test or quiz for the purpose of determining the questions in advance of its administration
         using summaries/commentaries (Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, etc.) in lieu of reading the assigned materials.

       Plagiarism: Plagiarism consists of taking another’s ideas and/or words and presenting them as if they were your
        own. Students submitting plagiarized material, in whole or in part, will be subject to penalty at the discretion of the
        instructor. Plagiarism results in a zero grade on the assignment, loss of credit in that course, and/or other
        administrative action. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
         taking someone else’s assignment or portion of an assignment and submitting it as your own
         submitting material written by someone else or rephrasing the ideas of another without giving the author’s
             name or source
           presenting the work or tutors, parents, siblings, spouses, or friends as your own
           submitting papers from the Internet written by someone else as your own
           supporting plagiarism by providing your work to others, whether you believe it will be copied or not

In cases of suspected academic dishonesty, faculty will present a “charge form/instructor sanction form” to the Vice
President of Student and Workforce Development and submit any evidence of academic dishonesty for further
investigation and recommendation for appropriate action. Upon reviewing the case, the Vice President of Student and
Workforce Development may impose one or more of the following sanctions:
        1. Academic probation; and/or
        2. Reduction of credit or grade for the assignment or the course.
        3. Suspension or expulsion from the College.

Our thanks go to the English Department of North Hunterdon-Voorhee Regional High District of Annandale, NJ, for
allowing RANC to use part of North Hunterdon’s existing academic honesty policy. The Hunderton policy is available at

Please note that your signature on the rules of conduct for nursing students remains in effect for your entire
admission with Region A Nursing Consortium.

Syllabus Changes
Other documents provided by the instructor are incorporated by reference into this syllabus and are binding. Changes
announced or posted in class or via Moodle take precedence over the syllabus. It is the students’ responsibility to keep
abreast of such changes.

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